• Policy Watch SA

IN THE LOOP (8)

Updated: a day ago


Vol. 1 No. 8, covering the week ending 17 September 2021

(copies of earlier editions are available on request)

POLICY & LEGISLATION OF GENERAL INTEREST


In the absence of a quorum, the National Assembly's vote on the Employment Equity Amendment Bill has been postponed until after the local government elections. If passed, the Bill will then be considered by the NCOP.

National Assembly Social Development Committee media statements following provincial public hearings on the Children's Amendment Bill have drawn attention to widespread misunderstandings at grassroots level about the purpose of inviting members of the public to participate in the law-making process.

Readers interested in Parliament's public participation process may want to read this article. ​


POLICY & LEGISLATION OF SECTOR-SPECIFIC INTEREST

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The Independent Communications Authority of SA has announced its intention to conduct an inquiry into signal distribution services.

OUT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

The Prudential Authority has called for comment on:

  • draft supervisory guidelines for banks using the ‘advanced measurement approach’ to operational risk, and

  • a draft directive on operational resilience.

The Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors has called for input on International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants proposals for amending aspects of its code of conduct dealing with quality management standards.


The Department of Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment has called for comments on a draft general policy for allocating 2021/2022 commercial fishing rights. It should be read with several fishery-specific and other policy proposals.


The deadline for input on a draft policy for ‘the conservation and ecologically sustainable use of elephant, lions, leopards and rhinos’ has been extended.


Stakeholders now have more time to comment on the draft national infrastructure plan, which was gazetted last month.

DEVELOPMENTS OF GENERAL INTEREST

Finance Minister of Enoch Godongwana will table the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement on Thursday, 4 November at 14:00.

A Traditional Men's Parliament has been launched 'to advance ... positive social, behavioural change among men that ... results in socio-economic development; and to support the fight against violence directed at women and children'.

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FROM THE POWERS THAT BE (quotations from the original documents)

'South Africa is increasingly experiencing the effects, negative and positive, of belonging to the global village and, as such, requires empowerment to deal with its new situation' (Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga)

'It is no coincidence that the Minister's appointment and subsequent assumption of duty in relation to the provision of water and sanitation services - and interventions in the problems which persist - is being perceived by some as electioneering on behalf of the governing party, and not viewed as part of us actually carrying out the constitutional and legislative mandates of the department' (Water & Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu)


'We can no longer allow, under such a constrained fiscal environment, project developers and contractors to waste public resources on poorly implemented or incomplete (housing) projects. From now hence, we are going to tighten contract management such that consequence management is integral in every contract. Any contractor who, without a reasonable explanation, is found to have violated contractual obligations will be dealt with accordingly' (Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi)


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